Aerial seed balls to regenerate forest

In the move to encourage forest regeneration, the air force sprinkled large numbers of seed balls over 5,000 rai of a wildlife sanctuary in Chat Takan district of Phitsanulok province on Wednesday.

Students help make balls of seeds. Photo by Chinnawat Shingha.

ACM Prajin Juntong, commander of Royal Thai Air Force launched  the pilot project on conserving the forest and environment. Aviation Division 46 Phitsanulok is assigned to handle the task. 

Under the joint operation with departments under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, a five-year plan, which will continue until 2017, has been drawn up with the goal to transform deteriorated forests in the area into healthy green forests.

Seeds of local plants such as phayung, maka mong and kabok are wrapped into balls with soil and then the air force airdrops the seed stew onto Phu Mieng-Phu Thong Wildlife Sanctuary in Phitsanulok.  

Loading the seed balls.

Unloading over deteriorated forest.

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